Lot 101
  • 101

Alexander Calder

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200,000 - 250,000 USD
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Description

  • Alexander Calder
  • White Quadrangles, Black Triangle
  • signed with the artist's monogram on the base
  • painted metal and wire standing mobile
  • 16 by 15 by 8 1/2 in. 40.6 by 38.1 by 21.6 cm.
  • Executed in 1964, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A07796.

Provenance

Perls Galleries, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above in 1965

Catalogue Note

Andrea Bollt was ravishing and irrepressible. She was practical too, preferring walking to taking the bus and would buy a painting rather than an expensive dress. She and her husband, Robert, cultivated friendships with contemporary artists in the 1950’s and 60’s in New York. With great foresight and a sense of adventure, the couple bought iconic works from Alexander Calder, Yves Klein, Franz Kline, Larry Rivers, Joan Miró, Philip Guston, Josef Albers, and Jacques Lipchitz.  Andrea gave lively dinner parties.  She would enthrall her guests with dramatic and intoxicating stories about the paintings and sculptures in the Bollt’s chic apartment. In 1961, she attended a party thrown by Yves Klein and watched him create one of the famous Ant paintings. She acquired the painting at that time (offered as lot 2 of the Evening Sale).  She had an unerring eye for quality and could evaluate the importance of an art work with great foresight. Art was her passion, the daily currency of her life, her social milieu, and now, the legacy she leaves behind. 

Leigh Keno

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